Riding a two-fight win streak, UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub is hoping to make a big splash in his next fight. “The Hybrid” has expressed a desire to face Mark Hunt in what would be an extremely dangerous matchup for the No. 14 ranked Schaub. It would certainly shape up as a high-risk, high-reward venture for Schaub if the fight were to be made.
Schaub was last seen inside the Octagon at UFC 165 where he recorded a first-round submission victory over Matt Mitrione. It was a solid follow-up to a previous win over Lavar Johnson. He seems to be improving in his all-around skill-set, but a matchup against Hunt would be a scary proposition. Schaub has a very respectable 6-3 record in the UFC, but he has been knocked out in all three of those losses against Roy Nelson, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell. Schaub’s suspect chin would get quite the test against the heavy-handed Hunt.
Hunt currently sits No. 8 in the rankings and is fresh off a classic encounter at Fight Night 33 against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The two competitors put on an epic clash in a bloody and thrilling five-round fight that appropriately ended in a majority draw. It was one of the best fights of 2013.
The former K-1 star has made strides in his MMA career, and his tremendous punching power and iron chin make him a stiff test for anyone in the division. The “Super Samoan” flirted with a title opportunity at one point in his UFC career only to see a four-fight win streak end at UFC 160 when he was stopped in the third and final round by former champion Junior dos Santos. He owns impressive knockout victories over Stefan Struve and Cheick Kongo and has netted four Fight Night bonuses during his time with the organization. Hunt is currently sidelined by a broken hand suffered in the Silva slugfest and is hoping to return in June or July.
This could very clearly be a case of be careful what you ask for. Schaub’s ground game and submission skills have improved, but it will be a tall order for him to avoid the powerful, concussive punching power of Hunt. As for Hunt, the New Zealander has always been a fan-friendly performer and has never shied away from a challenge. It’ll be intriguing to see whether matchmakers grant Schaub his bold request.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports